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Dandelion Ranch


Imagine looking out over the rushing Animas River with phenomenal fly-fishing right outside your door! This 9-acre property and its sophisticated, rustic one-level home has 3,251 SF, 2-bedrooms and 3-baths in the main section, along with a gourmet kitchen, home office, library, second river room with river rock fireplace, 9 rod fly rod rack (six high end rods and reels included), wet bar, storage closet and guest wing with full bath, and wet bar with refrigerator and bedroom. Each of the three main living spaces have large book cases ideal for displaying art, books, pictures or collectibles. The entire home follows the contour of the bluff so each view is optimally picturesque. Also, there is a 2-car heated garage with a refrigerator/freezer and 2 attached dry storage units. This home offers an open floor plan, it is full of natural light, exudes warmth and is positioned in a private country setting, yet only 12 minutes from town.

Location and Area

Tucked along a wide stretch of the Animas River just off of County Road 214 on Goldeneye Lane, just 2.5 miles from HWY 550 south of Durango.

Durango is a town of rural mountain charm and character, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four year college, golf courses, first class fly fishing, numerous outdoor hiking and biking trails, with endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. It is located at 6,512 feet above sea level, surrounded by scenic mountain views, and over 300 days of sunshine each year. Comfortable summer temperatures reach the upper 80’s, while the autumn days are clear, cool and full of vibrant foliage colors. The crisp and sunny winter days often feature abundant powdery snow.

The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 54,000. La Plata airport runs daily commercial service to Denver, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Dallas, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is 105 miles from Telluride, 205 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, 170 miles from Grand Junction, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs, and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Property Details

External Features and Grounds

  • Extensive Animas River restoration in back of home and next door
  • Water rights and 15’ sportsman’s easement for 1 mile of exceptional fishing
  • Retaining stone walls surround home on river side
  • Property is fenced with well-mulched native landscaping; fire mitigation around house
  • Ample outdoor parking
  • Fire pit with bench seating out under the stars
  • Antique John Deere wagon lawn art
  • Timed sprinkler system
  • Shiplap cedar siding exterior and shake-shingle roof
  • Expansive cedar deck surrounds house; newly stained
  • Brick front porch
  • Multiple lighting sconces grace outside of house
  • Septic system; well water
  • 1,000-gallon propane tank hidden behind cedar fence
  • Stone drainage path surrounds house
  • Red stone walking paths around house include a maintained path with 62 steps down to Animas River
  • Duck blind at river level
  • Well maintained walking paths weave around river area
  • Borders Ute Indian lands on the south side that offers additional fishing opportunities

Interior House Features Include:

  • Vaulted ceilings with pine slats and large beams
  • Beautiful views of the Animas River and large pond through many windows offer a light-filled environment
  • Radiant in-floor heat with 2 efficient A/C units; 3 zones
  • Custom solid cedar doors with rusted bronze accent hardware and door knockers
  • Jalousie windows allow for a gentle cross breeze to flow through house
  • Top end Levelor blinds in each window throughout
  • Saltillo tile throughout and wool carpeted bedrooms
  • Recessed and track lighting
  • Ceiling fans
  • Radius corners throughout
  • Decorative bronze plates on all light switches
  • Fully stocked kitchen
  • 6 quality fly-fishing rods and fly collection


  • Custom solid cedar door with turquoise inlay accents outside and inside
  • Coat closet

Great Room

  • Vaulted ceilings with pine slats and large beams
  • Large built-in book shelf with vast collection of books
  • Open to kitchen and dining rooms
  • Windows with expansive views out to the Animas River and nearby pond
  • Two double-door walk-outs to deck; transom windows above have plantation shutters

Kitchen and Pantry/Laundry Room

  • Granite counters with bull-nose edge and brushed nickel fixtures; tumbled travertine backsplash from counter to cabinets
  • Walnut custom kitchen cabinets with self-closing drawers and cupboards
  • Granite center island houses stainless steel KitchenAid 4-burner gas range with down draft vent
  • Custom walnut front-panel KitchenAid fridge and freezer
  • Stainless steel KitchenAid conventional and convection ovens
  • Stainless steel built-in KitchenAid microwave
  • Stainless steel 2-sided sinks with brushed nickel fixture
  • Pantry has pull-out spice shelves; pull-out cutting board
  • Stackable washer dryer
  • Separate utility room

Dining Room

  • Vaulted ceilings with pine slats and large beams
  • Open to kitchen and great rooms
  • Lots of windows and natural lighting


  • Built-in bookshelves
  • Walk-out door to deck
  • Great Animas River views

Home Office

  • French doors open in to office
  • Well lighted
  • Built-in desk, shelves and storage

Day Bath

  • Shower/tub combo
  • Kohler oval sink in vanity
  • Windows looking outside

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • Fantastic Animas River views and windows looking out to east
  • Large sitting area with walk-out door to deck
  • Wool Berber carpet
  • Pot shelves for decorations
  • 2 double-door closets
  • Efficient A/C unit


  • Walk-in tile shower with pebble-stone floor and accents; double shower heads
  • Large vanity with double Kohler sinks; burnished bronze fixtures; 3 walls of mirrors
  • Linen closet

Guest Wing – ‘Caddis House’

River Room

  • Vaulted ceilings with beams
  • Expansive area with curved wall follows the contour of the bluff above river; full of windows with window seat
  • Floor-to-ceiling river rock wall with huge wood-burning fireplace; 11 heart rocks embedded in wall; cherry mantle
  • Slate floor
  • Wet bar with hammered copper sink; cabinets with pull-out drawers
  • Recessed wall displays 6 fly-fishing rods, reels and multiple flies
  • Custom cedar door to outside with opening screened side-transom windows


  • Sink, half fridge with microwave
  • Cabinets with ample storage
  • Lots of windows

Guest Bedroom

  • Double door closets
  • Full of natural light

Guest Bath Two

  • Walk-in shower with tile and pebble-stone accent
  • Kohler oval porcelain sink in vanity
  • Linen closet

2-Car Garage

  • Semi attached through breezeway
  • Cement floor
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Access to attic
  • Built in storage

2 Dry Storage Units

  • Each approximately 8’ x 10’
  • Locking units

Wildlife and Recreation

The property attracts migrating elk, deer, and coyote, fox, bear, eagles, red tail hawks and a variety of water fowl. There is great trout fishing on the Animas River, which also offers a great launch site for rafting, kayaking and canoeing. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is 40 minutes away, while Wolf Creek is an hour and 25 minutes away and Telluride is 2 hours away. Summertime is filled with opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, fishing, boating, golfing and visiting the local Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners National Monument.

Excellent golf can be found at Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Hillcrest Community Club, the private Glacier Club (memberships available), and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 40 miles).

Additional benefits of the Dandelion Ranch

Home comes with amply stocked kitchen, everything from silverware, multiple sets of dishes, glassware, herbs & spices etc. Additionally several pieces of good quality art and pottery also come with the home. Bedrooms include linens; bathrooms include towels, largely supplied with unused soaps, over the counter meds, tissues… The remaining furniture (all best quality) can be purchased at fair and modest pricing.

Now $895,000 – Significant Price Adjustment

This property is offered by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC, Tom and Zach Morse, Brokers. All information provided by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC or its sales representatives in connection with this property was acquired from sources deemed reliable, however, we do not warrant its accuracy or completeness and any users of such information waive any claims related thereto. Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC recommends that every item of interest to the purchaser (i.e. issues regarding title, water, minerals, survey, zoning, permits, land use regulations and other applicable laws, and any other issues) be independently verified by the purchaser's attorney.

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